Daily Archives: 07/03/2012

The Story Player – Revelation or Delusion?

You’re gonna need a bigger whip…

I may have come to something of a crossroads in my games playing career – and it’s all thanks to Mrs Rolling Eyeballs.

I have been fighting through “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow” now for a good few months, eking out progress here and there, mostly thanks to my insistence on playing at a middling difficulty level.  The sense of frustration and failure which comes with each beat-down or flawed platform section has been palpable to the point of making me want to ditch games entirely.  With everything else that I want to do, my console gaming has taken something of a hit this year and I’ve basically been moving forward a stage or scene at a time without ever getting close to completing a level during a games session.

At that rate of progression, it would probably have taken me a year or so to finish “Castlevania: LOS” – which is not really satisfactory, is it?

That revelation, courtesy of my best half?  Leave hardcore gaming to the 12 year-old online trash talkers and the people for whom smashing difficulty levels is a badge of honour.  I like story and character more than I care for collecting every hidden feather or secret jewel in a level – so why shouldn’t I drop down my difficulty if it means getting to the end of the game?

My goodness, it’s almost as though achievements and platinum trophies in games don’t actually mean anything!

The sweet cheevos may have to wait – indefinitely, in some cases – but I might actually get to clear my backlog of titles sometime this century.  “Metro 2033” on Easy?  Yes, please, Mr Developer!  “DarkSiders” in ‘Cake Walk’ mode?  Don’t mind if I do!

I shall report back on this experiment as and when it begins to deliver tasty, tasty fruit….

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